July 10, 2018 at 7:57 am #2943
Rev. Satya Robyn (temple host)Moderator
This is the 3rd of my ‘Letters from Satya’ – if you’d like to receive one every week you can sign up here.
Yesterday Kaspa & I set off to the river for our sabbath, which we always take on a Monday. It’s been a long week full of people, tasks & complications, as our weeks often are.
We found a spot by the river where we could read our books, even though it wasn’t perfect, and then we started seeking lunch.
It was our precious day off, and I wanted the perfect lunch. We were in a not-very-vegan-friendly town, and I am a fussy diner (I prefer to use the word connoisseur). We walked up and down, getting hungrier.
I have noticed that I often start getting into trouble when I seek the perfect lunch, or the perfect anything. It mostly happens when I am trying to comfort myself, or avoid feeling something – “I’ll be okay if…”.
It also has the unfortunate effect of narrowing my vision to such an extent that I start missing all sorts of opportunities, gifts and beautiful things.
We eventually settled on chips, and a roll from a bakery. My roll was stale, and so I gave most of it to the eager ducks and pigeons. The chips were fresh, crisp, salty & delicious. A simple lunch. Perfect.
Later that evening I was angry, then sad, and then slowly the clouds passed. I walked in the garden, and the universe gifted me this glorious pink-orange rose. How can we say yes to it all?
Things you might be curious about
* Can you remember a time when you wanted the perfect something? How did it work out for you?
* In what areas of your life are you more likely to seek perfection?
* Why might you be seeking perfection? What might you be covering up or avoiding?
* How would it be to accept everything the universe offers you?
Wholeness does not mean perfection – it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life. ~ Parker J Palmer
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